Weekend food review

Friday’s menu at school kick-started a weekend that proved to be laden with food in every conceivable manner. We made rack of lamb au jus over a bed of herbed spaetzle served with a medley of seasonal vegetables; gnocchi in roasted garlic creme with gorgonzola and crispy leeks; vichyssoise- a chilled potato leek soup; and pear blackberry gelato as well as candied ginger lime sorbet.

Saturday morning marked the sundress-and-flip-flop welcomed first Farmers Market of the season in Boulder. Not a plethora of produce yet- as to be expected for Colorado April- but enough to have me contemplating if my patio could possibly hold one more vegetable tucked in a terra cotta pot.

By noon Saturday I’d made my way into the kitchen of Frasca Food and Wine for an ‘observation’ shift. I was hoping to spend a few weeks working with this incredibly talented team again later in the Spring, so an introduction to how they operate was definitely in order.

I spent thirteen hours Saturday peeling, chopping… and watching the magic happen in this highly acclaimed kitchen. The impeccably fresh produce, sustainably sourced meats and fish, pasta being hand made, baguettes taking their turns in the ovens… all under the orchestration of world renowned chefs and sommelier.

My external composure was calm- I think- but inside I was definitely terrified. Describing the intricacies of the kitchen, the food and the people would warrant another quite entertaining post altogether. And for some reason- I won’t ask; I’ll just be grateful- they are letting me come back to join them for my internship in May/June. Quite thankful.

Sunday turned out to be a complete treat and highlight of an already food forward weekend. A fellow blogger and his wife invited me to join them for Easter dinner (see some of his pics of dinner here). This was no ordinary Easter meal: it was a multi-course Italian feast. Literally. It took us six wonderful hours to eat and drink our way through. And the company even overshadowed the food and wine. When my cheeks hurt from laughing as much as my belly hurts from eating, that’s a win.

Happy late Easter, and here’s to many wins and even more gratefuls~

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27 thoughts on “Weekend food review

  1. That’s so awesome Deb! I loved your post on the Frasca food & wine pairing and it’s the classic case of right opportunity at the right time! Good for you, the internship sounds like and absolute dream! As for Easter Sunday I’m glad to hear you and such a memorable feast and even better with good company. Mine was spent at the pub with my guy, friends and then latter half at a Mexican cantina, ha ha!

    I was so inspired by your tuna posts before, I have two steaks waiting to be turned into something yummy later this week, ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks again!

    • Giaff, thank you! I feel quite lucky ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’re Easter dinner sounds like QUITE a good time :D… almost like there’s more story there that would be fun to hear! The weekend put me a little behind on reading, but I’ll get to catch up in the morning. Maybe you’ve already blogged about a good time Easter dinner… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laura, thanks! One of those things that probably shouldn’t have happened, but i’m sure glad it did ๐Ÿ™‚ I have several readers, including my parents, that really love the idea of buckwheat :)… thank you for inspiring.

      • I’m so glad your readers–and parents (how cool)–are pumped about buckwheat! And many thanks for posting about it–and my granola. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love showing people that GF foods (even somewhat obscure-sounding grains) can be really tasty–And you have helped me do that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh dear. My dad is fairly good at cooking, actually, but we’re trying to get him to do less as the clean up is so much work for him and my stepmother. My sister hogs all the baking, and she’s not bad at it, but she ALWAYS calls it first. It’s irritating, especially when she always makes the pies for Xmas and Thanksgiving and NEVER makes her own crust! NEVER. OK, she did once last year. It’s not home made if you bought the crust. Sorry for the rant….can you tell I’m a bit upset? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I love your rants. Well founded too, I might say. Do I need to take someone out for you next holiday? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or you could challenge the fastest runner gets first pick of holiday food prep… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • That would totally work, because I would absolutely beat her! Thanks for the tip! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        (I’ve even asked if I could make the crust dough FOR her, and she’s turned me down. “Nobody knows the difference” she says. My a** they don’t…)

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